You can catch me in all the following places in the UK and Europe over the Summer…
Thursday May 10th: Cyborg Living (London)
The Book Launch event for The Virtuous Cyborg
Whether you’ve noticed it or not, we have become cyborgs – human-machine hybrids. Whether it’s Facebook selling our personal data to be ‘weaponised’ by Cambridge Analytica, or Google suggesting answers to questions like “are women evil?” to people who asked for no such thing, our lives are affected by the machines we are living with. Cybernetic networks are all around us – and thinking about ‘neutral tools’ is no longer helpful. You’re already a cyborg… join us to help find out what would make a good cyborg!
Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
2-4 Hoxton Square
London, N1 6NU
Tuesday May 29th: The Secret of Game Narrative (Košice, Slovak Republic)
How do you make the most of stories in games? Does your game need a narrative? Players agree that they value good storytelling in games, but what counts as a great game story depends in part upon the different ways that players enjoy games. This makes getting great stories into videogames much more challenging than any other medium. Award-winning game designer and narrative designer Chris Bateman invites you to discover how games tell stories. Once it becomes clear that every game creates a narrative, the question isn’t whether you need one but how much of your development resources you need to commit to supporting the stories your game is already telling.
Kino Úsmev Košice
Cassie Square 1
040 01 Košice
Thursday June 28th: Are You a Good Cyborg? (Manchester)
North West Book Launch event for The Virtuous Cyborg
A couple get married after a robot selected them as potential romantic partners. A politician loses an election in the aftermath of an erroneous story widely shared on social media. A teenager is run over as they cross the street while playing an alternative reality game. As humans let computers into ever more aspects of their lives, it becomes clear that there’s no such thing as a ‘neutral tool’ in the internet connected world. We've been living with robots - and acting as cyborgs - for quite some time now. Smartphones, laptops, fitness trackers, social networks, search engines... our world is filled with human-robot pairings, and it’s not always clear which half is pushing the buttons. The virtues of the kind of cyborg we have become must surely depend not only on who we are, but also upon the kinds of robots we use.
Manchester M15 4FN
Saturday July 7th: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Moral Multiverse (Sheffield)
Part of Festival 23 presents Catch 23
Grab your towel and set off on a grand adventure through the moral multiverse with award-winning game designer, philosopher, and Discordian Polyfather Chris Bateman as he invites you to rethink everything you thought you knew about ethics, get beaten up by 8-bit Aristotle, and face the Vogons in the never-ending tragedy of bureaucracy. Babel fish not required.
Yellow Arch Studios
30-36 Burton Rd
Sheffield S3 8BX
Tuesday July 10th: What Players Want - Understanding Player Diversity (Brighton)
A Games Design Track session at Develop Brighton
Everyone who makes games is in the business of designing for an audience, but understanding what players want has become increasingly difficult the broader and more diverse the audience for videogames has become. Combining cutting edge psychological research with practical game design techniques, this How To talk puts player enjoyment into a more concrete perspective. Don’t guess at your audience: understand them, and yourself, and learn to make better games.
Hilton Brighton Metropole
Brighton BN1 2FU
Further gigs will be added as they are confirmed.